Tag Archives: diversity

A guide from beyond

By some mysterious grace, Rumi and Parker Palmer join the conversation I opened up yesterday when I quoted Maria Popova, “To reclaim the beauty of the multitudes we each contain, we must break free of the prison of our fragments and meet one another as whole persons full of wonder unblunted by identity-template and expectation.” […]

And perhaps grope

So Paul was invited to the great public convocation in the nation’s capital, where the rich and powerful were found, where they and ordinary citizens spoke their minds and hearts and listened to each other. He observed their search for value and meaning in public life, their interest in new ideas that might shape and […]

The reason for the season

There’s talk these days about a war on Christmas, and some of the most notable combatants include Pope Francis and president-elect Donald Trump. The pope deserves our serious attention; he’s earned it by lucidly restating the essence of the life and teachings of Jesus in today’s idiom. Trump, on the other hand, judging from everything […]

Faith unbound

No one taught me the gospel I proclaimed. I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12 paraphrased). Whatever else we Methodists did during General Conference this month, we certainly reaffirmed our inability to agree on matters of human sexuality. We’ve tackled the issue head-on in every General Conference since 1972, four years […]

The spice of life

Variety is the spice of life, they say. Life is more interesting when it includes a variety of experiences, and the wider the variety the more interesting it becomes. Variety also seems to be the spice of creation, something that may make heaven and earth more interesting to God. When I take even a cursory […]

Sittin’ Around Fishin’

One of the cracks in a broken world just got a little bigger. At least it got a little more visible. During a recent interview, Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly said that “extremist conservatives” have no place in New York. According to the report, Cuomo defined “extremist conservatives” as “those who are against abortion rights, gun-control […]